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Symphony orchestra ready to wrap up 29th season

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Mary Woodmansee Green, will conclude its 29th season with three symphonic classics from three centuries: Johann Sebastian Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins," Giuseppi Verdi's great operatic "Triumphal March and Ballet" from "Aida" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets," complete with projections of the planets taken from outer space. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. May 2 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.

Verdi was the dominating force in Italian opera through the last half of the 19th century. One of his most popular operas was "Aida," written for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Chorus will join the orchestra in the "Triumphal March and Ballet," one of the most well-known excerpts from the entire operatic repertoire.

The Bach "Double," as it is affectionately known, is played by young violinists and masters, alike. Soloists, Concertmaster Terry Moore and Youth Orchestra Conductor Jonathan Aceto will be joined by Michael Braz at the harpsichord and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra strings. Like many of Bach's works, it was written for the weekly concerts of his German employer, Prince Leopold. Bach usually played the solo violin parts or conducted from the harpsichord.

Holst's 1918 "The Planets," has become symbolic of mankind's exploration of space and the mysteries of the universe. After studying Hindu philosophy and astrology, the composer wrote seven movements, each portraying the astrological nature of one planet -- Mars as bringer of war, Venus as peace, and Jupiter as jollity, etc. Neptune, the final movement, concludes with a wordless female choir.

A reception will be held immediately after the concert in the fellowship hall. Tickets are $20, $30 and $40.

Details: 843-842-2055, www.hhso.org

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